Stress Test

As a follow-up from an ER visit in February which showed an abnormal EKG, I was referred to a cardiologist who ordered an Echocardiogram and a nuclear stress test. I had heard the stress test was no big deal. I had an IV with some radioactive chemical to look at my heart function during exercise on a treadmill.

So I get on the treadmill at level 1.7 mph and 10% incline, 2 minutes into the test I am way over the target heart rate, and I start to get very short of breath. We didn't even go to level 2. I only made it 3 minutes and thought I was about to die. I took my inhaler and they finished doing their scans. I was sure I failed the test and that I had a very bad heart condition. Later that day the doctor's office called to say my test was normal.

I hope I never have to do that test again. I couldn't find any comment from an asthmatic taking a stress test so I hope this helps anyone else who is having one done.

Take your inhaler with you!!

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. We never sell or share your email address.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The Asthma.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.